Atlantic City readers love stories with unique twists and never before seen plots. ‘New Farm’ by A. Frank Bower, is a very unique and interesting take to the future of America. From the beginning it’s hard to put it down. When a super-volcano in Yellowstone covers the United States in dense and harmful ash, the Flagg family has to make their way to safety, which will only happen when they ‘see green’. Mr. Bower captures the reader’s interest and keeps it till the end.
I caught up with Mr. Bower and this is what I found out:
Who exactly is A. Frank Bower?
A. Frank Bower, last of 7 children to working-class parents in Meriden, CT, grew up with 5 older sisters, negating any chance of him becoming overly macho. His wife Carol often tells him that the first thing that attracted her was that he’s in touch with his feminine side. The month JFK was assassinated he met his first mentor, Mike Redican, who taught him about ART: painting, drawing, sculpture, music, cinema, philosophy and literature. And science. All of which Bower uses in his writing.
Where did he get the inspiration for “New Farm”?
“New Farm” sprang from a TV show about Yellowstone Park’s infamous earth fault that could potentially become the greatest supervolcano in history. Bower asked himself how such devastation would affect one family. The story of the Flagg family grew.
How much research did he have to do for this particular piece?
Bower did more research for “New Farm” than any project he’s ever done, because he was writing about many things he knew nothing about: farming, winter planting, tractors, trucks, the specifics of volcanism–not to mention the feelings of a teenage girl.
Has he always wanted to be a fiction writer?
His mother enjoyed telling Bower that he wrote his first short story at the age of eight. Apparently his life has come full circle.
What advice does he have for anyone wishing to become a writer?
Anyone who sincerely wishes to write needs to fill his/her toolbox, beginning with the basics of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and the like. That’s the easy part. Having an axe to grind is insufficient. Above all, READ. Practice imitating the 2 or 3 writers who move you the most. Then don’t read them for an extended period. NEVER be afraid of the blank page. If you sit in front of it long enough, patiently, your mind will work wonders. We all have wealths of stuff inside us. The blank page will fill itself if you allow it. You’ll unearth your voice by dropping words onto pages. Very important. Then the hard work begins: editing, rewriting, editing, rewriting, etc. If you can’t set a discipline for yourself around that process, you can’t write. Your passion must show, regardless what voice you have.
Readers from Atlantic City and the surrounding area can get more information on Mr. Bower and his works at http://about.me/AFrank/bio. To purchase and read ‘New Farm’ visit Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, or purchase direct from the publisher’s website at http://www.bookstogonow.com/newfarm.html.